The 2017 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting will be held in Boston, Massachusetts. This year's theme is "Serving Society Through Science Policy". Visit the AAAS website, meetings.aaas.org, for more information on registration and the program.
The AAAS Annual Meeting is widely recognized as the premier global science gathering to present and discuss cutting-edge scientific achievements and provides a valuable networking opportunity. The 2017 theme focuses on the science/policy interface.
This year two Borlaug LEAP Fellows, Mustafa Jibrin and Adama Yadaya, have been selected to present posters.
Serving Society through Science Policy
The 2017 theme focuses on how to inform policies with the best scientific evidence. To make decisions, societies rely on knowledge and multiple perspectives. Policies both within and outside science should be informed by the best available evidence. Science alone cannot translate knowledge into viable policy options; other factors include societal norms and cultural values.
One aspect of science policy is advancing the practice of science: How do we continually improve scientific methods, mechanisms, and outputs to increase the value of science to society? Another aspect of science policy is providing the best available scientific evidence to policymakers, community leaders, and citizens. How can we most effectively provide scientific evidence that informs policy? What are the roles for scientists as individuals and for the scientific enterprise as a whole in the policy landscape? What emerging and established areas of science are essential to future policy decisions?